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a) The act of betting (as in a player's turn to act) b) Getting
called c) The act of playing poker.
ACTION: A player who bets or raises with a high frequency.
When a player has bet all of his or her chips.
A bet that is made prior to a poker hand being dealt.
The act of placing money into the pot.
BLIND: a) The player two places to the left of the Button b) A blind
bet made in button games that is usually equal to the lower betting
limit. Example: Playing 5-10 Limit Texas Holdem, the Big Blind
would post 10 dollars before being dealt his cards.
A forced bet that is made prior to being dealt any cards.
GAME: Any game that uses a blind structure.
The community cards shared by players in a poker hand.
GAME: A game that has ended.
A card that is taken off the deck and placed face-down to the right
of the dealer, but NOT dealt to any players. It is used to
keep track of the street.
A plastic disk that rotates around the poker table and designates where the
GAMES: Any poker games that uses buttons (i.e. Hold'em, Omaha)
The amount of chips that must be purchased prior to sitting down in a poker
LOWBALL: Ace-to-five lowball played with a single Joker in the deck.
SPEAK: Refers to the fact that even if a player misstates his or her hand,
as long as the cards are exposed at the end of a hand the highest
hand wins the pot.
Describes the situation in which no more betting can occur due to the fact
that the maximum number of bets and raises has occurred.
The act of NOT betting.
To check and then raise an opponent who has bet AFTER you have checked.
The amount taken out of the game to pay house expenses.
DROP: The act of removing the collection from play.
CHANGE: Exchanging higher denomination chips for lower denomination chips
or vice versa.
CARD: A card that is used by all players. This occasionally
occurs in Seven Card Stud when there are not a sufficient number of
cards left in the deck to deal a single card to each of the
remaining players in the hand.
CARDS: The cards that are shared by all players. (See also: BOARD CARDS)
THE BET: To raise to the maximum allowable limit at that time.
To insert a plastic card into a deck, or shoe, of playing cards.
Another term for the plastic card inserted into a deck of playing cards.
CARD: A card that has been exposed during a hand and thus removed from
HAND: A hand that can no longer contest the pot.
MONEY: Chips that are forced into the pot.
To deliver cards to players in a poker hand.
BUTTON: A plastic disk that rotates around the table in Blind Games and
indicates the Dealer's position during each hand.
A package of 52 cards used in poker games.
In Drawing Games, players may replace unwanted cards in their hands.
The discarded cards are called discards.
Cards that are dealt face-down.
The act of discarding unwanted cards in drawing games and taking, or
drawing, replacement cards.
A card of rank, Jack, Queen or King.
LIMIT: A pre-set betting limit, usually indicated by an upper and lower
range. In fixed limit games, bets can ONLY BE the lower or
upper limit and not an amount in between the two.
CARD: A card that has been accidentally exposed.
A person who monitors poker games and settles disputes between players.
In Hold'em or Omaha, the FLOP is the first three BOARD CARDS dealt.
A poker hand consisting of 5 cards of any ranks all of the same
To throw your hand away.
STREET: The fourth exposed card dealt in Stud Games. Also
referred as the TURN in Flop Games.
BET: A bet that must be made. Usually this is a Blind.
A tournament that does NOT require a Buy-In
HOUSE: A poker hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair.
collection of cards.
PLAY: Only two players playing one on one.
The cards that other players can NOT see.
A card that can represent any other card in the deck. Used in
some lowball and Draw games.
The next-highest card in a players hand. Example: A pair of Aces with
a King - the King would be considered the KICKER.
(OR KILL BLIND): A forced bet that is made prior to the next hand being
dealt by the WINNER of the previous hand. Usually the bet is
twice the existing betting limit.
BUTTON: A button that indicates the current hand will be played at
twice the existing betting limit and designates who shall contribute
the extra funds into the pot.
POT: The pot that develops during a KILL HAND.
The names of players who are waiting for a seat to become available in a poker
The act of asking the Floor Person to hold an available seat.
A poker game in which the LOWEST hand wins. There are several
The lowest up-card in 7 Card Stud.
To incorrectly state your hand.
A mistake by the dealer that warrants the re-shuffling and re-dealing of
the current poker hand.
BLIND: A blind that was not put into the pot (posted) due to a player being
absent from the table when it became their turn to put up the
blind. This player will be responsible for putting these chips
into the next pot he or she plays.
The pile of folded or discarded cards.
A game in which players are required to be transferred to another
game when a seat becomes vacant in that game.
The absence of a Fixed Betting Limit. Players may bet all of
their available chips at any given time.
The first player to bet.
The choice whether to check or bet.
The act of checking or not being able to OPEN.
Not drawing any cards in DRAW.
THE BOARD: Having a poker hand that can NOT improve on the community or
BOARD CARDS and the hand they represent.
A players spot, or location, among all players contesting a
A limit in which players may bet or raise up to the amount of
the pot at any given time.
OUT: Betting the pot.
BETS: Side bets that do not have anything to do with the actual poker
A plastic carrier to hold poker chips.
The act of increasing the amount bet by another player.
A fixed percentage withheld from every pot to pay of casino or
poker room expenses.
To raise a player who has already raised.
FLUSH: A STRAIGHT FLUSH consisting of 10, J, Q K, and A.
BETS: The act of not putting money in the pot when it may be ill
To win both the High and Low portion of the pot in split-pot or Hi-Lo
POT: An additional pot that is created when one player is all-in and can not
match the bets of two or more remaining players who are also
contesting the pot.
BUY: Buying-in for a lower amount than what would most-likely be needed to
adequately play at the given stakes. Also, buying in for the
The act of showing hands for comparison to determine the winner.
The act of mixing the cards prior to dealing.
BLIND: In Button Games, this is a forced bet. It also refers to
the player who is seated directly to the left of the Dealer Button.
POT: A pot that is awarded equally to two players. This is most
often seen in Split Pot games where the High Hand is awarded half of
the pot and the Low Hand is awarded the other half.
The chips in front of each player.
An additional blind that is posted to the left of the Big Blind.
Five sequential cards of mixed suits.
FLUSH: Five sequential cards of the same suit.
Cards that are dealt individually after the initial deal in Stud or the
Flop in HoldEm.
An employee of the casino or poker room who is responsible for settling any
disputes that can not be settled by the Floor Person.
STAKES: Players are allowed to bet all of their available chips. See
also: No Limit.
Paying a certain fixed amount at set time intervals (usually every
half hour) to the casino. Time is sometimes used at higher
limits as opposed to the RAKE.
COLLECTION: See Time.
A poker competition in which all players are given an equal amount of chips
to start play and players are eliminated as limits increase at fixed
The card dealt after the Flop in Hold'Em and Omaha. Also called
To place a bet.
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